Differences between PowerPoint and Impress
The differences in these two presentation software packages ranges from the minute nitty-gritty of creating your presentation slides to the most obvious interface differences.
First, when you start creating a slideshow and you have no idea how to begin, PowerPoint helps you out with its slide creation Wizard. The same is true with Impress with its AutoPilot slide creation tool. Whereas the PowerPoint Wizard will guide you in choosing the slide background, output type and slide structure, OpenOffice's Impress does something more by guiding you in selecting transition type, transition timing, and indicating a title page.
What Microsoft PowerPoint lacks in some aspects of its Wizard, it more than makes up for in the number of preloaded slide templates that you can choose from. PowerPoint has dozens of cool-looking, professionally-designed templates while Impress only includes two templates. But then again, if you are like me and like customizing the way your presentation looks, you would probably rather create your own background and slide layout than use any of these templates whether creating the presentation in Impress or PowerPoint. Similarly, both PowerPoint and Impress extend the number of templates available through their online repository of presentation templates.
To summarize the difference between PowerPoint and Impress, it would be safe to say that Impress is slightly different from PowerPoint for the following reasons:
- Impress lags behind PowerPoint's special effects.
- Impress supports wav, aif and au music formats.
- Impress has no tools for recording sound or narration and for playing CD Tracks.
- Impress has no projection Wizard.
- Impress lacks the Notes Pane in default and drawing views.
- Impress has a number of floating Windows.
- Impress has lesser predefined callouts.
- Impress has a greater range of effects through Fontworks.
- Impress allows quick access to advanced features in drawing mode.